§ Mr. Corbyn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used by his Department when allocating funds to district health authorities. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The objective of resource allocation is to promote equity through the use of a capitation formula which weights the population for the effects of:
- age-related need
- additional need
- geographical costs
We will look at how resources are distributed across both secondary and primary care to ensure that these fully reflect local population needs and operate as fairly as possible.